Red grouse

Grouse shooting is good for business

Grouse shooting in North Yorkshire is expected to contribute more than £100,000 to hotels, restaurants and pubs throughout this season. Nine estates alone surveyed by the Nidderdale Moorland Group will be hosting 150 driven shoot days over the next four months and it is estimated that this will result in…

lead shot

Lead faces threat of new Euro ban

The use of lead shot is once again in jeopardy as the European Chemicals Agency (ECHA) considers restricting its use. Last year, before leaving office as DEFRA secretary, Elizabeth Truss MP rejected calls for a ban on lead shot by the Lead Ammunition Group, but it has now now under…

Sir Ian Botham

Prejudice against rural people?

Cricketing hero and champion charity fundraiser Sir Ian Botham has broad enough shoulders to shrug off the kind of brick bats bowled at him during a recent BBC Radio 5 Live interview. Even so, I feel sorry for him. He was invited to talk about his generous offer to donate…

Labrador retrieving dummy

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Why you should sign up If you like keeping up to the date with the latest happenings in fieldsports and shooting then you should take a look at the Shooting UK e-newsletter.  It gives you a quick and handy read of the latest goings-on in shooting, whether events, Government, gun…

Chris Packham at march

Chris Packham thinks game shooters ‘psychopaths’

The ‘Make Badger Culling, Fox Hunting & Driven Grouse Shooting History’ march called for the banning of legal grouse shooting and legal hunting and an end to the Government’s badger cull policy. Whilst promoting this protest march Mr Packham called game shooters “psychopaths” in a quote given to the Badger…

Chris Packham accused of misleading public

Chris Packham’s latest grouse against fieldsports is, literally, grouse. The BBC presenter has been using his public profile to endorse an anti-grouse shooting campaign being run by Ethical Consumer: “Stop Corporate Grouse Shooting Days”. Join me in asking UK based companies to act responsibly & boycott the driven grouse industry…

women at 2017 Game Fair

Were you at the Game Fair this year?

This year, the Game Fair was once again a great success with more than 116,000 people appearing at last month’s event at Hatfield House in Hertfordshire. This was an 8% increase from 2016 and featured 800 stallholders which spanned the site’s total 396 acres. A post shared by Shooting UK…

deerstalking male deer

It’s time to ban firearms decides ScotRail

BASC chairman Peter Glenser says: “ScotRail claims its Scotland’s railway but it is 
striking at the heart of rural businesses and communities that rely on the estimated £155million injected each year into the country’s economy by country sports tourism. BASC understands the ban comes as a result of a shotgun…

Ticket offers for The Game Fair

Special ticket offers for The Game Fair

Readers heading to The Game Fair at Hatfield House on 28-30 July can claim an excellent ticket offer. How to claim the ticket offer for The Game Fair Quote code SHOOTINGUK when booking tickets online (click here to visit The Game Fair ticket site) or over the phone and you…

Should our police be armed?

When you’re up against today’s breed of religious nutter, who’d want a job as a tactical cop in a firearms response team? Slotting an escaped bullock or a gun-wielding loner in a quiet country lane is one thing; dropping a knife crazed fanatic in a crowded city street, something entirely different.…

Gundog competition

This is why you’ll want to visit the Game Fair 2017

As the largest outdoor countryside-themed event in the world, the Game Fair 2017 is set to attract around 120,000 visitors and 1,000 exhibitors to its brand new venue – Hatfield House in Hertfordshire from Friday 28 to Sunday 30 July 2017. Reaching the new venue could not be simpler, a…

Sporting Gun 40th Anniversary Pin Badge

How to get your Sporting Gun 40th anniversary pin badge

Sporting Gun are excited to be able to offer our loyal readers, some of you who have been with us since the beginning, a free limited edition pin badge to celebrate our 40th anniversary. We decided to commemorate our special birthday with a smart pin badge as we know you all…

Breeding season for pheasants

Lowland birds breeding well

Gamekeepers across the UK are reporting strong broods and quality eggs, despite a period of bad weather, with the breeding season under way. Persistent rain has been an issue, but warm weather followed soon after, preventing too much damage to stocks. Stuart Maughan, headkeeper on the Whitfield estate in Northumberland,…

Scotland ends tail docking ban

The Scottish Government this week voted in favour of allowing vets to shorten the tails of spaniels and hunt, point, retrievers (HPR) if they will be used as working dogs. Legislation was laid in May, with environment secretary Roseanna Cunningham pledging to introduce a bill to drop the existing ban…

Man on mobile

Will new police text alert system speed up firearms licensing?

Thames Valley Police is pioneering a new text alert scheme to improve and speed up its firearms and shotgun licensing process. The three-stage system will send a text to applicants once their application is first received and sent for process, a second message when the application has been referred to…

Pheasant dish

Pheasant lands on school menus

School pupils across the UK are to learn about the benefits of game meat after BASC’s Taste of Game campaign teamed up with teachers to get pheasant cooking lessons added to the curriculum. Secondary school teachers will attend an interactive workshop at the Food Teachers Centre’s Get Set for GCSE…

Raptor Golden Eagle

Scottish shooters condemn illegal killing of raptors

The shooting community has condemned the illegal killing of birds of  prey after a new report into the disappearance of golden eagles provided strong evidence of raptor persecution over Scottish grouse moors. The Scottish Natural Heritage (SNH) report followed the movements of 131 golden eagles between 2004 and 2016 and…